Has anybody seen the documentary, "To Sink an Aircraft Carrier."? I recorded it on my digital recorder and am just now getting to watch it as I transfer it to DVD. It is about the sinking of USS Oriskany, to make an artificial reef in the Pacific. Sinking an American CV, or at least a post-WW2 model is not as easy as it sounds, according to the documentary. The ship had to be cleansed of toxic substances, then the precious metals [copper] salvaged and then carefully prepped with explosives to get her down.
Sweet sinking footage. They put video cameras on and inside the hull to film the sinking. Very eerie to see the water rushing in, sadly the same last sight that unfortunate crewmen saw when they went down with their ships.
At the bottom of the sea, she now serves as the world's largest artificial reef.
Edit: She was laid down in May, 44 as an Essex carrier, so technically not post-WW2 but she was finished just post-WW2. Saw distinguished service. Sad to see her go down, but at least she didn't get turned into Chevies.
Edit: She wasn't put down in the Pacific; they put her down 25 miles off the Florida coast.<div class="ev_tpc_signature">